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US open to Syrian rebel talks

President Obama has said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but has warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."

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NATO chief pledges to defend Turkey over Syria

NATO will defend alliance member Turkey, which struck back after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its border, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

NATO as an organisation will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place.

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Speaking at a meeting in Prague, he also welcomed a weekend agreement by Syrian opposition groups to put aside differences and form a new coalition.

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